October 19th, 2008
11:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin says voters 'irritated' by robocalls

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Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.
Palin discussed GOP robocalls and socialism on Sunday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – All of a sudden, Sarah Palin is eager to meet the press.

John McCain’s running mate took questions from her press corps for the second time in three days late Sunday after flying into Colorado Springs. But Palin was not completely on message.

Wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and standing on a breezy tarmac, Palin said that if she had her way, the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee would not be flooding battleground states with automated phone calls tying Barack Obama to former radical William Ayers, as they have done over the last week.

Several top Republicans, including Senators Susan Collins and Norm Coleman, have condemned the tactic. Asked about those criticisms, Palin at first dismissed the matter as "inside baseball stuff" and said it's "some of the campaign top brass’s call on that."

But when asked if she would approve the use of robocalls if she were running the campaign, Palin said she’d probably chart a different course.

"If I called all the shots, and if I could wave a magic wand," Palin said, "I would be sitting at a kitchen table with more and more Americans, talking to them about our plan to get the economy back on track and winning the war, and not having to rely on the old conventional ways of campaigning that includes those robocalls, and includes spending so much money on the television ads that, I think, is kind of draining out there in terms of Americans' attention span.

"They get a bit irritated with just being inundated," she continued, "and you're seeing a lot of that of course with the huge amounts of money that Barack Obama is able to spend on his ads and his robocalls also."

Ultimately, the Alaska governor said she was not calling for an end to the automated calls, and she did not say if she had spoken to campaign officials at any point about the calls.

Palin was also asked if she and McCain believe that Barack Obama’s tax plan, which would raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 and provide tax credits to middle and lower-income workers, is socialist. At a campaign rally in New Mexico earlier Sunday, Palin said Obama wants to "experiment with socialism."

"There are socialist principles to that, yes," Palin said of Obama's plan. "Taking more from a small business or small business owners or from a hard working family and then redistributing that money according to a politician’s priorities. There are hints of socialism in there."

Asked if she thinks the government’s plan to inject billions of taxpayer dollars directly into troubled banks amounts to socialism - a belief held by many conservative legislators, talk radio hosts and bloggers - Palin said, "No, I do not."

"I believe that there are those measures that had to be taken by congress to shore up not only the housing market but the credit markets also, to make sure that that’s not frozen, so that our small businesses have opportunities to borrow, and that was the purpose, of course, and that part of the bailout and the shoring of the banks," she said.


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  1. tevis

    Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Erratic! I imagine their administration would be run about as effectively as their campaign.

    October 20, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  2. GObama

    Every time this woman opens her mouth, STUPID comes out.

    Her rallies are filled with hate. She truly is bringing out the worst in the people who attend.

    And SHE says she is a Christian??

    Go back to Alaska.

    Just shut up already.

    October 20, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  3. June Fredman

    I'd like to remind Palin and all her Right-wing Fundamentalist Christians that Jesus was constantly criticized by the Scribes and Pharisees for "palling around" with sinners and publicans. Did that make him a sinner? Did it tarnish the reputations of the apostles for keeping company with him? Had he been a Republican, he would certainly have avoided the immoral and the tax collectors! He'd have been down at the Temple in cahoots with the money-changers! What he taught was for the rich to sell what they had and give to the poor; ergo, he was a socialist of the first water. "It is easier," he said, "for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven." There is no way under the sun that the true Christian can be against "spreading the wealth around" so that a minority is not "filthy rich" while a vast majority barely ekes out an exisistence. If they are, should call themselves something else - like Capitalists, since the love of money is their true religion. They are certainly not Christians!

    October 20, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  4. Independent leaning Obama

    lol, enemy from within.

    October 20, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  5. Allan

    Sounds like Sarah wants to have it both ways. Well, I may be old fashioned but I still believe that you can't eat your cake and have it too!

    October 20, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  6. mark lawin

    In what took Bush 6 years, Palin has managed to achieve in two short months, to be rrelevant, inconsequental and out of place to the American People.

    October 20, 2008 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  7. hawk

    In what took Bush 6 years, Palin has managed to achieve in two short months, to be irrelevant, inconsequental and out of place to the American People.

    October 20, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  8. Scott - Republican

    is sarah on medication? or is she in her own little fantasy world where the rules of the real world do not apply and she is free to make her own definition of socialism. this lady is scary!

    October 20, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  9. Joe Plumber

    Was she ever capable of independent thought before she had vice-presidential handlers? I betcha not.

    October 20, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  10. Kitty

    It's really sad that Sarah Palin could be the next vice president of the United States and she can't get her point across without using fragments and run on sentences. I'm not sure I've heard her string together more than two complete sentences!!

    October 20, 2008 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  11. Andy from Ohio but living in Texas

    McCain admonished robocalls when used against him in 2000 by Bush. Now, he seems to embrace the tactic. "I'm not President Bush"? Maybe not, but you are certainly taking a lot of cues from him.

    October 20, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  12. Paul Farahvar

    I hope the republican party finally realizes that in picking Palin, presumably to appease the base, they have now polarized the race, and the country. "Country first?" I don't think so.

    October 20, 2008 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. Diana

    is she going against her own party?

    October 20, 2008 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  14. Andy from Ohio but living in Texas

    McCain admonished robocalls when used against him in 2000 by Bush. Now, he seems to embrace the tactic. "I'm not President Bush"? Maybe not, but you are certainly taking a lot of cues from him.

    October 20, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  15. Ben

    Who actually thinks that Palin knows what socialism is? I really have a hard time taking her seriously. I have zero confidence in her ability to be a capable vice president at this point, and any time she opens her mouth, she either contradicts her campaign's policies/actions/messages or just makes no sense at all. Not good.

    October 20, 2008 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  16. Tariq

    And Palin calls herself a reformer and a maverick??! She can't even take on her own campaign officials... how is she going to take on top government officials in Washington? Whether it is right or wrong thing to...at least try to take control of your campaign. Of course you have say and you do have a magic wand....you are VP nominee!! If YOU don't have a say in your own campaign, who does?

    October 20, 2008 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  17. I'vehadenuff

    Well she's memorizing her lines well enough that they feel she can now speak to the press. But 'I gotta, tell ya", she still sounds illiterate. Is this woman capable of an original thought?

    October 20, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  18. john

    moron, ALL taxes are in essence a redistribution of wealth.

    October 20, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  19. The Weatherman

    I'm a small business and a contractor. Yes, my wife and I make more than $250.000.00 a year between her government salary and our profits which includes equipment purchases. My business hits slow periods like now. I need the extra money to weather the storm. Overhead does not get frozen like bank credit. I still owe. Barack will put me out of business.

    October 20, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  20. Y

    If the calls were working she would be saying something else. Is McCain aware that Palin is running for his position? Just another sign that the Republicans and their ticket are confused and are not prepared to lead the country.

    October 20, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  21. PoliticoMike

    Well, here's an idea, STOP THEM!

    October 20, 2008 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  22. John

    Wow, I kind of understood what she was saying.

    October 20, 2008 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  23. Dave

    "inside baseball stuff"?

    Obama used the term "inside ball" during the first debate. Coincidence?

    October 20, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  24. jj

    Love how her and McCain always seem to say different things. So much for being on the same page. Go Obama/Biden 08!!

    October 20, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  25. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    Folks, please..............google..............mark jacoby.....................
    ARRESTED FOR VOTER FRAUD LATE SATURDAY NIGHT!

    October 20, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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